Worst acronym in history



  • So at $DAYJOB, the latest management fad comes through, and it is
    decreed that we are all to attend some courses on $MGMT_FAD.  But not to
    worry, the state of Massachusetts is going to be footing part of the
    bill, though a program called the Workforce Training Fund.  I have thus
    been receiving regular messages concerning the WTF schedule, WTF classes, WTF activities, and so on.  There's even a WTF coordinator.

    The WTF home page (the jokes just write themselves):

    http://www.mass.gov/?pageID<wbr>=dlwdtopic&L=3&L0=Home&L1<wbr>=Employers&L2=Workforce<wbr>+Training+Fund+(WTF)&sid=Edwd



  •  So.. have you received your WTF award yet?



  • Can I nominate a product name?

    NFuse (Citrix's web interface, name now dropped but lives on in URLs) sounds OK when pronounced "enfuse" but spell it out to a user and they'd say "n - f - use?"



  •  Though not an acronym, I always liked the Borland database name 'Paradox' it makes no sense as a product name at all.

    Why can't I get my data out of this thing? We paid a fortune for it!

    Dunno, it's a Paradox

     

     

     

     



  • @milmin said:

    Though not an acronym, I always liked the Borland database name 'Paradox' it makes no sense as a product name at all.

    Why can't I get my data out of this thing? We paid a fortune for it!

    Dunno, it's a Paradox

    Wow, I guess that's too paradox for me too understand...

    Good to know that HITG is a WTF program though. Coulnd't have told before.



  •  Could be worse... you might have been sent to (S)pecial (H)igh (I)ntensity (T)raining.



  • @DragonHawk said:

    I have thus
    been receiving regular messages concerning the WTF schedule, WTF classes, WTF activities, and so on.  There's even a WTF coordinator.

    The WTF home page (the jokes just write themselves)

     

    Golden. 



  •  It seems that this acronym is fairly common.




  • Approved partners who help employers apply for WTF grants.

    No wonder there are enough of them to keep this site busy!!!! 

     

    Anyway, I hope they give out "WTF certified" badges.



  • @RayS said:

     

    Anyway, I hope they give out "WTF certified" badges.

     

    With free uppgrade kits to WTF Badge v2 



  • @DragonHawk said:

    • 								        <a href="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/members/DragonHawk.aspx">DragonHawk</a>
      								    </li><li class="ForumPostUserAvatar"><img src="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/utility/anonymous.gif" alt="" style="border-style: solid; border-width: 1px; max-height: 80px; max-width: 80px;"></li><li class="ForumPostUserIcons"><img src="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/Themes/leanandgreen/images/rankicons/rank0.gif" title="Not Ranked" alt="Not Ranked"></li><li class="ForumPostUserAttribute">Joined on 02-09-2008</li><li class="ForumPostUserAttribute">Posts <a href="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/search/SearchResults.aspx?u=11102&amp;o=DateDescending">2</a>&nbsp;</li></ul><p><b>DragonHawk wrote the following post at 02-08-2008 7:34 PM:</b><a href="http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=dlwdtopic&amp;L=3&amp;L0=Home&amp;L1=Employers&amp;L2=Workforce+Training+Fund+%28WTF%29&amp;sid=Edwd" target="_blank"></a><br></p></blockquote><br><br>TRWTF is that he was able to post this before he joined.<br>


  • @apetrelli said:

     It seems that this acronym is fairly common.


     

    Sorry to be a pedant, but "WTF" isn't an acronym, it's an abbreviation (a TLA, in fact).  It would only be an acronym if you could pronounce it, perhaps something like "wotoff"?

     

    It makes me sad when two different words, like acronym and abbreviation, come to mean the same thing - it's such a waste.  See also mad/angry, smart/clever, dumb/stupid, etc.  What word do Americans use when they want an adjective to describe someone who is incapable of speech?



  • My employers Performance Management System is called PMS.



  • @Crispy Duck said:

     What word do Americans use when they want an adjective to describe someone who is incapable of speech?

     

    I believe that "mute" is the most common, though still plenty of "dumb."   Words have multiple meanings.  You should probably get over it.  Not that you're wrong about abbreviation/acronym.



  • @Crispy Duck said:

    Sorry to be a pedant, but "WTF" isn't an acronym, it's an abbreviation (a TLA, in fact).
    You're trolling, right?

    You fail at pendantry. TLA = Three Letter Acronym. Not Three Letter Abbreviation. 

    Acronym - <font size="-1">a word formed by the initial letters of a phrase or title.</font>

    Abbreviation - <font size="-1">A shortened form of a word.</font>

    WTF is clearly an acronym.  

     <font size="-1">@Crispy Duck said:

    What word do Americans use
    when they want an adjective to describe someone who is incapable of
    speech?
    What word do you use for incorrect pedantry?
    </font>



  • @Crispy Duck said:

    It would only be an acronym if you could pronounce it,
     

    There's no widespread agreement on that.  (The Wikipedia article is a good example; no less than seven cited sources highlighting this disagreement.)  As there is no authoritative controlling standards body for the English language, it's impossible to call anything definitively correct or incorrect.  And if one goes by popular usage, an acronym is any initialism.

     If you're going to be pedantic, at least be informed. ;-)

     



  • @boomzilla said:

    TRWTF is that he was able to post this before he joined.
     

    Interesting.  When I see the message index, I see me joining on 02-08-2008.  I'm guessing this has to do with some combination of time zone differences between you, me, and the server, and/or time zone localization being inconsistently applied.

      



  • @boomzilla said:

    @DragonHawk said:

    • 								        <A href="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/members/DragonHawk.aspx">DragonHawk</A>
      								    </LI><LI class="ForumPostUserAvatar"><IMG src="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/utility/anonymous.gif" alt="" STYLE='border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; max-height: 80px; max-width: 80px'></LI><LI class="ForumPostUserIcons"><IMG src="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/Themes/leanandgreen/images/rankicons/rank0.gif" title="Not Ranked" alt="Not Ranked"></LI><LI class="ForumPostUserAttribute">Joined on 02-09-2008</LI><LI class="ForumPostUserAttribute">Posts <A href="http://forums.thedailywtf.com/search/SearchResults.aspx?u=11102&o=DateDescending">2</A> </LI></UL><P><B>DragonHawk wrote the following post at 02-08-2008 7:34 PM:</B><A href="http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=dlwdtopic&L=3&L0=Home&L1=Employers&L2=Workforce+Training+Fund+%28WTF%29&sid=Edwd" target="_blank"></A><BR></P></blockquote><BR><BR>TRWTF is that he was able to post this before he joined.<BR></blockquote>
      

      Looks like it might be applying the timezone setting to the post dates, but not the date joined. Or something. I see "Joined on 09/02/2008" and the post was posted at "09/02/2008 10:34 AM" (my timezone is GMT+10). Speaking of which, this forum doesn't have a daylight savings option, so the times are all one hour wrong for me unless I manually adjust the timezone to GMT+11 >_>



  • @PJH said:

     <font size="-1">@Crispy Duck said:

    What word do Americans use
    when they want an adjective to describe someone who is incapable of
    speech?
    What word do you use for incorrect pedantry?
    </font>
     

    dumb/stupid, I figure. 



  • @Crispy Duck said:

    What word do Americans use when they want an adjective to describe someone who is incapable of speech?

    Mute



  • @GalacticCowboy said:

    @Crispy Duck said:

    What word do Americans use when they want an adjective to describe someone who is incapable of speech?

    Mute

     

    The button I sometimes wish for on certain people. 



  •  I like the new transit system Seattle built, the South Lake Union Trolley. Yes, someone already went through the trouble of creating T-Shirts saying "Ride the S.L.U.T."

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/332081_slut18.html 



  •  My first thought was that the OP had copied a state website onto his web server and added a dash of WTFs.  This is awesome!



  • @Daniel15 said:

    @boomzilla said:

    TRWTF is that he was able to post this before he joined.

    Looks like it might be applying the timezone setting to the post dates, but not the date joined. Or something. I see "Joined on 09/02/2008" and the post was posted at "09/02/2008 10:34 AM" (my timezone is GMT+10). Speaking of which, this forum doesn't have a daylight savings option, so the times are all one hour wrong for me unless I manually adjust the timezone to GMT+11 >_>

     


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